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Friday, February 10, 2006

The Path To Peace, Part IV

In my last post, " The Path To Peace, Part III" (http://livefreeormove.blogspot.com/2006/02/
path-to-peace-part-iii.html
), I concluded by saying,

. . . when government wages war on terrorists or foreign states, government also "wages war" on its own citizens by taxing, printing, borrowing, and conscripting.

But what can we say about government when it wages war on poverty? Drugs? Inadequate healthcare? Inadequate education? Inadequate retirement income?

When government wages war on poverty, drugs, etc., does it not also wage war on its own citizens by taxing, printing, and borrowing? What does this say about people who use the government's monopoly on the use of force to wage war on poverty or drugs or the scourge du jour? Are they truly people of peace? How can they be people of peace if they use government to initiate the use of force against others?

The ends do not justify the means. The elimination of poverty or drug abuse or the scourge du jour does not justify the initiation of force against others--either directly or through government.

If we truly are for peace--if we truly oppose the initiation of force in all cases--we will work to end the income tax, end the ability of government to borrow, and end the ability of government to print money.

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